If God exists, why does he let the good suffer, and reward the evil?

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We all know the types. They are nowhere near the nicest people you know. Most would call them selfish. Others would say they're straight-up bad people. Yet for some reason they have so much in life. The personalities of these people, coupled with their undeserving reward, could almost make a man believe there is no God. They don't deserve what they have, and they almost certainly don't appreciate it as much as we would if we had it. It seems unjust.

Then there are those who, despite having nothing, will give you their entire heart and the shirt off their back. They are known for loving and helping others, and we aspire towards their purity. Yet, they either have no money or they suffer in some incredible way. Life seems to torment them unfairly.

If there is a God, and if that God is just, how are we to reconcile such differences? Why are the evil rewarded while the good are left to suffer? We're told that God loves us, but surely this is not love, for love is compassionate, and love is just.

The answer is fundamental to God's love, and to our own nature.

God gives all men that which is in their heart.

God (or the World for the secular reader) gives all men that which is in their heart. For those who crave money, they shall have money. For those who crave power, they will find power. For those who crave love, they will find love. And for the religious man longing to be in God's eternal presence, his life will be shaped accordingly. 

For those who seek God the way to eternity is through suffering and sacrifice. The good are left to suffer for it makes them humble and spiritually learned; both are essential elements for divine qualification. While suffering brings sorrow, it also brings wisdom, enlightenment and joy over our life and our spiritual resilience. In the greatest of ironies, those who suffer learn to find everlasting happiness in their sacrifice, and repentance in their suffering.

For the secularist longing for the material, suffering has no purpose. Suffering strikes at the spirit, and as the secularist is non-spiritual, suffering becomes a purposeless inconvenience, much as it does for a flea-infested dog. The secularist does not long for humility, enlightenment or divinity, and so is left to enjoy this life.

The secular and the religious must ultimately war over the hearts of men. The secularist seeks to spread materialism and to crush the spiritual, and he does so by filling man's heart with the obscene. The religious seek to soften man's heart and to encourage self-sacrifice. The essential heart of secularism is therefore selfish, and the heart of religion, selfless.

We, the religious, need never be envious of the secularist's reward. God knows all hearts, and we have already seen theirs. They however are yet to see ours.

Allow yourself to suffer in life, and have endless patience. You don't know your own heart better than God does. The mind may want something in life yet never receive it, for the heart longs for something different.

Do not hate God if he does not give you what you want. He sees your heart and you will have what is in it when the time is right. This, is faith.

The story of Lazarus.